Saint Brigid 
of Kildare
 January 2017
In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Jan 21
Family Ice Skating Event

Jan 29
School Open House
(12 - 2:30 pm)

Feb 1
The Feast of Saint Brigid (9 am Mass)

Feb 4
First Communion Retreat

Feb 19
Altar Server Training

Feb 24
Father Daughter Dance

Feb 25
Confirmation Retreat

Mar 4
Corks for a Cause

Mar 23
Kindway Matters

Project Magi Thank You

"It is always wonderful -- yet not surprising --  to witness the incredible generosity of the St. Brigid community. Thank you so much for the hundreds and hundreds of coats, hats, gloves, scarves, clothing, shoes, and toiletries donated during Project Magi!! Welcome deliveries were made to Gladden Community House, Holy Family church, St. Joseph's Cathedral. and J.O.I.N.  Please continue to pray for those whose needs are so difficult to meet.    Thanks again!"

- Beth Olson, Social Action Committee
Corks for a Cause: Tickets are on sale

Tickets are available for purchase online for our 10th year of SPiCE's Corks for a Cause Silent Auction and Wine Tasting,  Saturday, March 4, 2017.

Purchase Tickets Online
Tickets are available for purchase  on our new event website here.

Wine Donations
If you are able to donate a bottle or two of wine ($30 value and up), please contact Stacy Austin at

Corporate Sponsorships
If you are interested in corporate sponsorship packages,   view the options available here. Contact Sarah Moore ( or  614-761-3734 with questions or for more information.

Prayer Shawl 

The next Prayer Shawl gathering will be held on Thursday, January 26 at 7 PM in the Kelty Library. Join the fun for conversation and creating!

All are welcome. Questions? Contact Ann Blake at 614-363-4097.
Religious Education News 

Confirmation Retreat Volunteers Needed
The 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat is being held on Saturday, February 25 from 10 am - 5 pm
Adult and High School Volunteers are needed to help facilitate the event. If you are interested in helping with this event please click here. 
Additional questions can be emailed to Andrea Komenda at


Save the Date: Kindway Matters, Celebrating Freedom Event

March 23, 2017 at 7 PM in Hendricks Hall

St. Brigid High School Youth Ministry and Adult Faith Formation  invite you to an evening of compelling testimonies full of inspiration and hope from those whose  lives have been impacted by incarceration. This event, facilitated by Christine Money, will also offer a unique shopping experience by making Kindware available. Kindware is a variety of handcrafted gifts made by incarcerated women and men to support their incarcerated brothers and sisters as they transition to freedom. The Kindware items are beautiful and will make great gifts, while supporting a Christian, justice oriented ministry. The messages you will hear will move your heart and may encourage you to explore social justice further.
Please contact Laura Butsch or Sr. Teresa Tuite, OP with your questions at 614-761-3734 or by email.
Sr. Teresa Tuite, OP:

Prospective Families School Open House - Jan 29

Help us "Share The Good News" about Catholic education by inviting friends and neighbors to join the St. Brigid  school community. We'll be holding our annual  Open  House on  Sunday, January 29 from 12 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Visitors can take a parent and student guided tour to see first hand what makes St. Brigid so special.

Special information sessions will include preschool at 12:30 p.m.and kindergarten at 1:15 p.m.

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a Night Out to Strengthen Your Marriage

St. Brigid's 13th Make It a Date!
Saturday, February 11, 2017
6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
St. Brigid of Kildare Parish Center

This hour-long event begins with light appetizers and a chance to socialize with other St. Brigid couples. Then join Matthew and Meghan Sparks, married 16 years,
parents of two boys - ages 7 and 10 - and active parishioners, as they offer a reflection on marriage and introduce a brief DVD presentation.

Spouses leave on their own date at a venue of their choice to privately discuss the evening's topic together. We hope that you can join us.

Registration is necessary! Please contact Karen Huttsell at or 614-602-7724 by Thursday, Feb. 9.
Vacation Bible School Planning Begins

Mark your calendars! 

Vacation Bible School will take place June 19, 2017 - June 23, 2017

Adult Volunteer Committees are forming now and we need your help! 

Please click here to register to volunteer or contact VBS Director, Amie Lopez at 

Altar Server training is Feb 19

All students in the fifth grade and older are invited to become Altar Servers for the Weekend and Holy Day Masses.
At the present time we have only 99 Altar Servers. This is not a sufficient number for all the liturgical needs we have at St. Brigid of Kildare. Therefore, we are urging all those in fifth grade and above to consider becoming an Altar Server. You will have only one evening class to attend, one short section from the Liturgical Ministry Manual to read and study, and three mentoring sessions with an experienced Altar Server. Do this and you are ready to be scheduled as an Altar Server. It is a rewarding service!

Our next training session for Altar Servers is February 19, 2017, Sunday afternoon in Church from 3:00 pm until 4:45 pm. Please register by February 12  so that we can be prepared to welcome you. Register online here.

For more information, please  contact Todd Pepe or Steve Gyuro at
Sunday, February 19, 2017, St. Brigid of Kildare Church
Father Daughter Dance is Feb 24

The Knights of Columbus sponsored Father Daughter Dance will be held February 24 from 6:30 - 9:30 pm in Hendricks Hall. 

Tickets are $40 per couple. Join us for dinner, prizes, games and dancing!

Tickets can be purchased at

Event to support "JJ Strong" 

We are pleased to share with you a special event to support 8th grade St. Brigid of Kildare Religious Ed student JJ Thomas and the "JJ Strong" cause (JJ was recently diagnosed with leukemia). On  Friday, January 20th, you are invited to put your best foot forward and lace up with the Lady Basketball Celts as they play in their "Hoops For A Cure" game to raise funds for leukemia research.  The JV Ladies take the court at  6:00 p.m., with the Varsity game beginning at  7:30 p.m.  Raffle tickets will be sold during both games for a chance to win cash and prizes donated from generous local vendors.  You can also try your luck at the three point contest that will be held during half-time of the Varsity game.  

Show your support for the team by purchasing a t-shirt designed by Larkin Thomas at and wear it to the game.  For every t-shirt sold, $4 will be donated to the cause.  They look forward to seeing you there.

High School Youth Ministry

Confirmation Retreat Volunteers, February 25, 2017
Help St. Brigid religious education with this year's Confirmation Candidate Retreat. Those interested should call the Religious Ed. Office at (614)761-1176 or email Teresa Golamb-Hartzell at
Walking the Stations of the Cross, April 14, 2017, Time: 8-11 AM
The 2017 Walking Stations of the Cross will take place 8am-11am on Good Friday. Walking Stations begins and ends at the cathedral, but will travel around downtown Columbus stopping at areas of current social concern. Each station will include a reflection on this modern day social concern, joining the suffering of our community with that of Christ's passion. These reflections are each written and led by parish youth ministries.
To drive with St. Brigid, RSVP deadline: Friday, March 31
Save the Date!
High School Senior Celebration is May 7, 2017 after the 10:45 AM Mass. Keep an eye out for the RSVP information!
Visit  to view the calendar & access sign-up links.
Director of High School Youth Ministry:
Laura Butsch/ / 614-718-5832

Bosco Bash 2017

Bosco Bash is a youth gathering for middle school Catholic teens (grades 6-8). 

This year's event will be held Saturday, February 11 from 2:30 - 9 pm at St. Tim's Church. 

For more information and to register, visit

Family Ice Skating event is Jan 21

St. Brigid of Kildare Women's Club Presents:
Chiller Dublin
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Pictures  4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Pizza arrives  4:45 p.m.
Skating  5:15 - 7:15 p.m.
Cost $10.00 per person
Price includes skating, pizza, beverages, snacks, favor and a professional photograph of you with your family
Skate rental is an additional $2.00 per skater (to be paid at the door)
Or bring your own skates for free
For Questions, contact:
Jenny Swinerton at  (614) 354-8754 or

Does someone call you "Mom"?

Consider joining one of the best-kept secrets at St. Brigid of Kildare!  Family First's Mom to Mom is a vibrant, women's faith sharing group, comprised of moms who range from "rookie" to "highly experienced" in their parenting journey.  Join us for prayer, faith sharing, and conversation.  Mom to Mom meets on  Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m in Hendricks Hall .    
We will begin our Winter/Spring session on  February 1st with The Grace of Yes: by  founder Lisa Hendey and continue  February 7th with Hands Free Mama by Rachel Stafford. Little ones always welcome.  Childcare provided. 

See this flier for more information.  Please contact Family First Coordinator Gretchen O'Reilly at g with questions. Books available for purchase through online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Lent Madness Brackets Due Feb 13

Lent 2017 begins on March 1st and the brackets for Lent Madness are due February 13. 

The Lent Madness format is straightforward: 32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and people vote for their favorite saint. 16 saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo.

The first round consists of basic biographical information about each of the 32 saints. These will be in the booklet entitled Saintly Scorecard, available now in the parish office while supplies last.

Things get a bit more interesting in the subsequent rounds as we offer online quotes and quirks, explore legends, and even move into the area of saintly kitsch.  

Click below to view and print your bracket, or pick up a copy at the kiosk in the gathering space. Instructions are on page 2. Remember, brackets are due February 13. 

St. Brigid Young Adult Ministry

St. Brigid's Young Adult group will meet the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7:30-9 PM in the Massey Room of Hendricks Hall.
Tuesday, February 21, 7:30-9 PM
St. Brigid Young Adult Discussion, Massey Room
Discussion: Chapters 22-25 (20 pages, max.) of Mercy in the City by Kerry Weber.
Didn't read? Come and join the conversation anyway!
Save the dates, 7:30-9 PM in the Massey Teen Room:
March 21 - Lenten reflection & discussion
April 18 - Social gathering
May 16 - Social gathering
Young Adult Ministry contact:
Laura Butsch/ / 614-718-5832

Catholic Men's & Women's Conferences

If you want something you never had,
 you have to do something you've never done! 

Please save the date to attend the upcoming 
Columbus Catholic Women's and Men's Conference.

The Women's Conference is February 18, 2017 from 8 to 4  and the  Men's Conference is February 25, 2017  from 8 to 3.

At the Ohio Expo Center, Cardinal Hall

EPIC: Retirement home visits

Our next EPIC meeting will be on  February 12, when we will go to area retirement homes to visit with the elderly, play games and host an ice cream social for them.  If you have an easy game that you would like to share with them that day, please bring it with you.  As usual, we will begin with  12:15 p.m. Mass that day and end at  4:15 p.m. in Hendricks Hall.  Please RSVP to Kim by  February 5th so she can make sure there are enough drivers. 

If you have a child interested in joining EPIC, simply go to the parish website at, and select "Youth" and "Middle School Youth Group" from the drop down menu.  Then fill out the online registration form at the bottom of the page under "links" and you will begin receiving emails.    There is no fee to participate.  If you have questions, contact Kim VanHuffel at

Death of Parishioners

The following parishioners funerals were celebrated at St. Brigid of Kildare in the last month.  Please remember them and their families in prayer.
  • Jane Kesler
  • Jesse Maxwell
  • Robert Montag

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